Wednesday , Aug , 22 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Don Nelson & Chris Cohan Must Forget Past For Future Of Golden State Warriors

I have said it before. Don Nelson is a mad scientist masquerading as an NBA coach. He should wear a lab coat when sitting on Golden State’s bench.

Nelson, like all mad scientists, has a positive and a negative side. The positive is simple. The veteran coach has a refreshing philosophy. He actively searches for mismatches, hoping to bait opponents into a fast-paced, entertaining game …

The San Jose Mercury  updates Don Nelson’s contract negotiations with the Golden State Warriors:

Don Nelson wants to be happy, the Warriors want to make him happy, and yet here they still stand, mutually unhappy and staring into the dark void.

Is this long, strange renegotiation standoff between coach and franchise about money? Yes, it’s always about money. About $5.1 million in guaranteed money over the next two seasons, as far as I can decipher.

But it’s also about the root motivations and personal histories of both Nelson, the master strategist and fearsome poker player, and owner Chris Cohan, who has made his fair share of mistakes and has paid dear money for them.

The latest on the talks: Nelson is telling friends that he’s upset with the Warriors’ most recent proposal and that the next week or so could be the tipping point.

Is he serious enough to stay away from training camp in October? Many people familiar with Nelson note that he would be walking away from millions if he quit, and Nelson has no history of monetary sacrifice.

My Quick Take:  I have said it before. Don Nelson is a mad scientist masquerading as an NBA coach. He should wear a lab coat when sitting on Golden State’s bench.

Nelson, like all mad scientists, has a positive and a negative side. The positive is simple. The veteran coach has a refreshing philosophy. He actively searches for mismatches, hoping to bait opponents into a fast-paced, entertaining game.

Sound familiar Avery Johnson?

Nelson is also engaging. He clicks with players and fans. His personality is a breath of fresh air when compared to most ‘Type A’ sideline bosses.The positives outweigh the negatives. By a mile.

But Nelson’s negative side occasionally gets him in trouble. There was the Chris Webber beef. The Dallas Mavericks, Nellie’s former employer, are currently suing him for breaking a confidentiality agreement. The Warriors even sued Nelson when he left in the 1990’s to coach the New York Knicks

I’m not putting all the blame on Nelson. But he must accept some responsibility. And this latest contract squabble is another example of his personal ‘quirks’ drawing some negative publicity.

This situation should get resolved. However, Nelson and Warriors’ owner Chris Cohan have history. As mentioned earlier, the two were involved in a nasty lawsuit when Nelson became head coach of the New York Knicks.

Hopefully, the past gets left in the past. And an agreement is soon reached, so Nelson can focus on leading his entertaining and competitive team.

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Parts of a previous article were used in this post.